Motivation can be a funny thing. While some days you wake up fully motivated and ready to go while, at other times, it seems as though all life has been sucked out of you and you’re left feeling deflated—like there’s no point in getting out of bed.

But despite the fact that motivation feels random, it’s not. Feeling motivated isn’t something that just happens; it comes when your day has a purpose—when there’s something that you’re excited about and ready to rally behind.

If you’re finding it difficult to get up and go to work, you’re not alone. In fact, fifty-two percent of Americans are not happy with the jobs they currently have. Motivation takes work. It is something that you need to refresh and renew—every day.

To help you start your day off with a healthy dose of motivation, here are seven things to consider doing:

1. Outline Your Goals

Having a clear focus on your goals is the best way to keep motivated—even when things are tough. Take the time to outline your objectives for the year, and then break them up into doable steps. Keeping your overarching goals in mind will help you to see how even small, everyday actions all contribute to the bigger picture.

2. Map Out the Day

Before you go to bed, write down a list of things that you’d like to accomplish the following day. List projects that you’d like to complete and check your schedule, taking note of any upcoming appointments. The next morning when you wake up, instead of wondering what the day will hold, you’ll be in control of your day. This will help keep you motivated and on track, and prevent other things from hijacking your time.

3. Clean the House the Night Before

It’s difficult to feel motivated when you have to face a messy house. When you set eyes on that sink full of dirty dishes or the overflowing garbage, your motivation will instantly disappear. You’ll forget about your goals, instead feeling overwhelmed by clutter. To start your day right, make sure your house is nice and clean the night before so you will feel fresh and motivated when you wake up.

4. Surround Yourself With Inspiration

Keep something inspirational like a favorite piece of art or some framed photos in your room where you can see them from bed. You could also make an inspiration collage—a compilation of pictures, quotes, or other things that make you happy—and keep it in your room. This way, the first thing that you will see when you wake up, and the last thing you’ll see before bed, will fill you with happy, positive thoughts—helping to stoke your motivation.

5. Get up Immediately

Few things will zap your motivation faster than lying in your warm comfortable bed. Staying in bed “just a little bit longer” can quickly turn into ten or twenty minutes. Before you know it, you’re late and rushing out the door. Try to get enough sleep at night so that you’re able to get up when the alarm goes off.

6. Stretch, Drink Water, and Eat

Of course, stretching feels good—but did you know that stretching also helps you to wake up, improves circulation, and relieves tension? This can help to boost your energy and motivation. A short 5 to 10-minute stretch in the morning will get you off to a great start. Similarly, water is important too. During the night, we dehydrate which can leave us feeling groggy in the morning. You’ll also want to make sure you eat something before you head out; even a small, balanced snack will help your energy and mental clarity.

7. Listen to Music

Finally, consider making a playlist full of motivating and inspiring songs. Motivational songs can get you up and moving faster in the morning and help you to keep pace all day. As a bonus –you might have more fun getting ready in the morning!

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While motivation seems to come and go, you can improve how motivated you feel in the morning. Set your goals and make a plan the night before so you won’t be distracted by issues like clutter or lack of sleep. Surround yourself with things that inspire you and remind you of your goals. Getting into the right mindset and focusing on your goals are key to feeling motivated and will help you to get your day off to a great start.

Do you struggle to wake up motivated? Let us know in the comments which tip(s) you’ll act on first.

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